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Coole Music & Arts

Coole Music and Arts was founded in 2005 with the aim to create a space for children and young people to learn, enjoy and perform classical music in all its forms. It is a not for profit organisation and has charity status.

With over 200 members and numerous orchestras and ensembles, the school is open to anyone interested in learning music. Tuition is offered in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, recorder, flute, music theory, orchestral playing and chamber music. The youth and childrens choir 'Coole Harmonies' rehearses on a weekly basis and presents numerous concerts and productions throughout the year. Learning music from a young age develops life skills such as patience, self-confidence, relaxation and concentration. Coole Music & Arts is dedicated to joyful, creative and supportive music making and maintains a busy schedule of activities and performances all year round. We strive to bring classical music further into communities around us and have fostered wonderful collaborations with other music schools and groups in Ireland as well as many abroad. 


Coole Music & Arts along with Eimear Noonan's Family would like to welcome you all back in person to the annual Carpe Diem concert at Sullivan's Hotel, Gort. Usually we gather in Eimear's name around the week of her anniversary in November but of course with the pandemic we've had to push our date forward a little. 
On 2nd April 2022 at 7.30pm plans are underway to gather a plethora of amazing musicians and performers to entertain you in this year's Carpe Diem event which has the theme of 'Rise and Shine' as it's focus this year.. 

The  Concert helps many young people who are setting out to study music at third level -to date 21 individuals have received financial awards from the Eimear Noonan Music Bursary. Music Departments at several schools and universities have also received much needed funding through the Bursary scheme. Coole Music supports the Carpe Diem event in many ways and helps to make this concert happen and in turn the Carpe Diem fundraiser makes a donation to the school. Like many organisations in the arts sector Coole Music is finding it increasingly difficult as an organisation to cover increasing costs. The School has staged countless community events without charging admission fees and now asks you to support this pivotal fundraiser to help the organisation. Last Spring and Summer due to donations received from Carpe Diem's virtual campaign we were able to run several award winning events such as the O'Carolan's Music project and geo-located Sound Walk along Gort River Walk and the Cello Picnic in Coole Park. These are just some of the most recent events which were free to students and the wider community. The memorable concert 'Sounds of Wonder & Joy' performed in Gort Church last Christmas and the hauntingly beautiful Sta Lucia Concerts staged around Gort also at Christmas time are yet other examples of what can happen when financial support becomes available.  

We do not want to close our doors as we absolutely KNOW how many benefits Coole Music has brought to hundreds of families throughout south Galway and North Clare since its establishment in 2005. Without our usual fundraisers going ahead over the last two years we have come to a point where we need to reach out for help. If you cannot be at the concert we understand there are many reasons but perhaps you might like to make a donation through this idonate page instead. We hope to share parts of the concert through our social media channells in due course.

where your money goes

Some of Carpe Diem's donations go towards Coole Music which in turn funds projects for our orchestras, ensembles and choir. We also purchase instruments and keep them well maintained so that children have access to a variety of instruments. Our orchestras travel when it is feasible to do so and this depends heavily on donations. Last Summer we ran a project called Carolan's Rambles where children received masterclasses from Sinead Hayes who is Ireland's expert on Turlough Carolan, the great Irish harpist. Children created art work, stories, poems and even wrote their own music as a result and all was compiled within two online music booklets and incorporqated into a unique SOUND WALK which was launched along Gort River Walk. All of this was free to families and funded with the help of past donations made to Coole Music. The Cello Picnic festival was launched at Coole Park last August and again free to the public and free of course to all the cello students at Coole Music. However, at this stage we need further support to be able to continue similar events. The Christmas orchestral concert at St. Colman's Church, Gort (Sunday 19th Deceember) was open to the public at no cost and we wish to continue in bringing orchestral music to the community -these are just some of the events that will cease to happen without financial support.


contact details


Coole Music & Arts, Gort Co. Galway H91 YNE5, Gort, Galway, IRELAND

cause registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 18539

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20071325

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